Hello. I hope this helps someone who had the same problem. I have tried the OpenSource Control panels. vhcs and ISPConfig. I followed the install guide for vhcs here: http://www.debianadmin.com/a-successfull-installation-guide-to-vhcs2-on-debian-etch-40.html it gave me the instructions about proftpd setup, which ultimately caused ftp trouble with my ISPConfig install too. Code: .... then open /etc/proftpd/proftp.conf to stop some errors from ProFTPD: #vi /etc/proftpd/proftpd.conf UseIPv6 off Then, add some security fixes to it: DefaultRoot ~ IdentLookups off ServerIdent on “FTP Server Ready” I messed it up by typing: Code: DefaultRoot~ With no space between the curly and DefaultRoot. You might have a similar problem. I know I came by a long post on this site about this error message while I was trying to figure this out. But I did not see this cure in there. Now ISPConfig FTP works, but I wonder if this code is even necessary. Maybe someone can comment about whether if it is useful or not. Thanks for looking, Have a nice day. from david.